This is a quote from John Scherber, an author living in San Miguel. He's a prolific writer with many published books. This quote came from an article he wrote for a publication. Before I forget, John has a new book out, "Into the Heart of Mexico: Expatriates Find Themselves Off the Beaten Path". It's about those ex-pats who choose to live where few other ex-pats go. I know it will be an interesting read.
John has offered to write a guest blog for Babsblog and I look forward, eagerly, to his ruminations and writings.
But, back to the quote. It has resonated with me since I read it. That one sentence really is a statement about those of us who have found solace in living in this country, without the need for consumerism.
It's kind of ironic that I write this blog today after having just written about the new mixed use development going up north of Queretaro in Juriquilla. However, chances are I'll go once to see the development and most likely not return. I'm definitely NOT a shopper, except for necessities.
It strikes me each time I return to the USA. I see things that either I've never heard of or seen before or things I just haven't thought about in a long time. I see many, many things that are not available in Mexico or if they are, I have no idea where I would find them.
Whereas the USA is dependent on consumerism for their economy, I doubt, but could be wrong, that Mexico is not. Rather, Mexico exports a lot to other countries, not only the USA. Of course, the USA exports too. I see the lines and lines of 18 wheelers at the International Bridge each time I cross the border.
But, this post isn't really about import and export. It's more about contentment and compromise.
"Needing less" is amazing to me. Since I have lived for thirteen years with only one closet (and the storage space under my bed), I've learned that I certainly need fewer clothes.
Since I have a tiny kitchen and only one cabinet for storing foodstuffs, I've learned that I don't need to have a closet as a pantry.
I've learned that I can find books at garage sales or mostly in exchanges with friends for free. And, of course, the clothes I need are purchased mostly at the tianguis.
It's kind of part of the adventure of living in a foreign country. To figure out what you HAVE TO HAVE, which isn't as much for sure, and then figure out where to find it.
However, here is the burning question of the day. And, yes, I admit it. I'm missing cool whip. "Is it possible to find cool whip anywhere in Mexico?" I have a zillion recipes that call for it, but, no cool whip. See, life is so simple here! Right now, the only thing I can think of that I'm missing is cool whip...........ha.